Heritage building demolished in Liverpool

BEFORE AND AFTER SHOT: The building at 13 Bigge St, Liverpool. The dwelling was heavily damaged in a 2008 fire while under previous ownership.
BEFORE AND AFTER SHOT: The building at 13 Bigge St, Liverpool. The dwelling was heavily damaged in a 2008 fire while under previous ownership.

When members of the community informed Liverpool Council of a Heritage-protected building being demolished, the council served an emergency order to the developer.

The council are seeking legal action due to the unauthorised demolition at 13 Bigge Street at Liverpool.

According to the council, the 1920s bungalow was Heritage-listed for at least 20 years and only has a few sections of wall remaining.

Chief executive Kiersten Fishburn said the demolition work was a breach of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act and that the developer, HYZ Development Group, was fully aware it was Heritage-protected.

“The developer was aware of the Heritage significance of this building. It was part of their development approval,” she said.

“The approved development required restoration of the Heritage building. Development was approved adjacent to the Heritage building, but not on top of it.

“The developer withdrew an initial application to demolish it because it knew the council wouldn’t approve it.”

Ms Fishburn said the building was a rarity in Liverpool from the “inter-war” era.

“We have a great respect for our history and we have a duty to protect the best of our past.

“The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 provides for a maximum penalty of up to $2,000,000 for corporations and $500,000 for individuals.”